Today I bring to you a message regarding the importance of play. In all areas of life, it’s important to not be so serious and controlled. Play is good for our health in a number of ways, blossoming our creativity, openness, awareness, and connection to other people and the environment.
Play in the kitchen is necessary. Take a recipe, learn it well and get comfortable with it. Turn it upside down and experiment! This is how I come up with original creations and discover new ways to create healthy dishes. I look at the proportions and ratios of ingredients in the recipe of something I want to make, and think of how I want to recreate it with a more health promoting ingredient swap or with what I have at home if I find myself lacking something the recipe calls for. The more you experiment, the better you understand how different foods change textures and flavors and what combinations work best to bring you to your desired result. Never fear trying to make something up on your own-it’s likely to be delicious enough to eat even if it’s not your ideal turn out.
Today for instance, I took a look at my black bean brownie recipe and realized I didn’t have enough dates or cocoa so I made some improvisations. This batch turned out to be a chocolate banana brownie snack bar type of concoction (seems I have an affinity for this combination). This recipe only required some tablespoons to measure and a food processor. Quick and easy into the oven.
makes an 8×8″ pan
1 15 oz can rinsed and drained black beans
1/2 of a small ripe banana
3 tbs coconut oil
1 pitted medjool date
4 tbs brewed coffee
2 tbs maple syrup
1/4 tsp pink himalyan salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 tbs cocoa powder
1 tbs coconut flour
2 tbs dairy free chocolate chunks and the other 1/2 banana for topping.
1/ Preheat oven to 350F. Place all ingredients (minus toppings) into a blender and whizz away until completely smooth, scraping down the sides periodically.
2/ Line pan with parchment paper and pour in batter (no greasing required). Artfully or haphazardly place toppings. Bake for 35 minutes. Cool, slice and serve.